Winning a MasterMind award last January was the kickoff to a very good year, says Karen Stokes, founder of Karen Stokes Dance (KSD). "The big thing that happened lately is that we got a capacity building grant from Houston Arts Alliance, which gives us income to help us up build infrastructure and office space for the next three years."
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Just one of six organizations chosen for the program this year, KSD is set to receive help in developing administrative skills and organizational systems. "It's looking at the business end of the arts organization in order to sustain it over time. It's really important because it's hard to get funding for that boring stuff," Stokes laughs. "It's hard enough to get people to give funding for the exciting projects, nobody wants to give us funding for an office. This grant does."
KSD had previously received small grants from the Houston Art Alliance, but the General Operating Support grant was first large, longterm HAA award for KSD. "We've been knocking on the door at Houston Arts Alliance for a long time and this is the first time they really opened the door. Did the [MasterMind award] lead to our winning [the HAA grant] this year? I don't know. Maybe not directly, but it didn't hurt!"More »